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Is inteligence just a trap, among other things?

The idea is simple:

As a creature develop a brain in such a way that it gains consciousness it feels natural that it will ask the most basic of questions; who am I?, where do I come from?, why am I ever here?.

It feels safe to assume that those questions will be universal throught the uni/multiverse.

Altough I think that there is a possibility that a tree, a fruit fly or an amoeba can "feel" and "see" the universe as it is. I believe that simple organisms just kind of *get it* and do not need to think it over, they feel that they are a part of universe and they're one with it.

Maybe this is the trap of inteliigence - when species gets intelligent enough it loses the ability to see the reality as it is and is then confined to whatever it makes of the avaible data. Its just like meditation - the more quiet mind you have, the less you try, the more you get.

What do you think guys/girls?

  • Apr 8 2014: Maybe organisms like trees and amoeba don't question their place on this world and this universe, but they will never be able to see the world in a different way than their biology tells them to. They are in fact trapped.

    Furthermore meditating is used to develop great concentration abilities because when you really concentrate new ideas get formed and you can benefit from these ideas whatever they may be. Your mind does get quiet by trying less hard to hold onto thoughts, but the quiet only serves a purpose and that purpose is to get ideas so you can try harder at something to reach a certain goal. And I don't think that unintelligent life forms get more out of their lives than we do. They don't even think about things like getting more or being satisfied, because they do not have the wiring that we do to appreciate these things.

    Intelligence is as much a gift as it is a curse. We can shape the world we want to mentally and physically. Intelligent beings are actually, in my opinion, not confined to whatever it makes of the available data. We can shape different realities. Reality is nothing more than signals we get from the outide world ,and how we interpret those signals is entirely up to us. How can you lose grip of reality when reality is such a fluid thing?

    So what I'm trying to say is that I don't think intelligence is a trap, I think it's a freedom that is sometimes very difficult to handle.
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      Apr 13 2014: No one is trapped within superficial observations and explanations of the world so horrifically as us, humans. We are trapped uncomprehensively greater into our fantastic realities, than any microorganisms, because we do not learn about our own colossal limitations in interacting with our environment.

      Our fantasies about our superior abilities and intelligence over other creatures - are false. WE CANNOT COMPARE OUR EXPERIENCE TO ANY OTHER LIFE FORM we are trapped in our own experience. All we may see, even when dissect "things" under microscopes we can only see only appearances on the surface of our conscious minds.


      We disconnect our intuition with the rest of the living world on purpose, mistakingly beliving that this separation makes us "objective" observers and judges, sitting on the throne of super intelligence. We are stting on the throne of pitiful "ILLUSION OF KNOWLEDGE".


      “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
      ― Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
  • Apr 8 2014: It's hard to be at one with the universe when you're incapable of developing a concept of 'self', 'oneness', or 'universe'.
  • Apr 14 2014: The more we focus on intelligence, the less of life we see.

    Again, intelligence is just a means to an end, and to only focus on the means kills the end.

    I see us humans to have a will and an understanding. A life with one without the other is impossible. Just as we cannot separate 'substance' and 'form,' one is nothing without the other.
    Our heart and lungs have precisely the same relationship.

    In our will is what we love, only by using our understanding/intellect can we change what we love. No animal can do what we can do to ourselves :)

    That's why I believe that science and religion could make a perfect pair. A quote we all know by Einstein "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
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    Apr 13 2014: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
    ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29
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    Apr 13 2014: Human intelligence as we see it is the most trapped one. Human intelligence wants to be controlled by Logic that cannot live in any open space. Logic gets lost as soon as it is allowed to dive into the ocean of experience and transforming memories. Our intelligence lives only in stiff limited concepts, on the surface of conscious observations and within the rules.

    Intelligence in nature is impossible for us to extimate, examine or even measure. Though we may some day learn from it instinctively and intuitively.
  • Apr 13 2014: Until then we are confined to reason and logic. And that is why technology is incredibly important to us - its our only chance to peak into reality. That is the reason I love science and technology so much. :) Anyway, that is why I see inteligence as a limitation, a kind of trap or prison. It is a prescious tool, but it comes with some strings attached. :)
  • Apr 13 2014: Greetings TEDsters!

    Thanks for all the feedback. I will do my best to think about what you said and reply to your ideas. I am glad to see that you have your own opinions on the topic, I really appreciate different point of view.

    First of all, William said: "It's hard to be at one with the universe when you're incapable of developing a concept of 'self', 'oneness', or 'universe'." Yes and no. I agree that developing mentioned concepts was a necessary step, and without that we wouldn't be where we are today. I just think that one day it will no longer be useful for us.

    I recommend this talk http://www.ted.com/talks/Jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight by Jill Bolte Taylor to anyone interested in the topic of our discussion. She had a privilege to experience what I am talking about first hand. The stroke has only damaged certain areas of her brain, including the one that we use to separate 'me' from 'not me'. As a result she lost the ability to recognize where her body ends and wall that she is touching begins. She later described this loss of self-awareness as beautiful and life changing experience. There are few such safety mechanisms to protect us from confusion. If I am correct one of them is built directly into our skin and allows us not to feel the pain that other person is feeling, if we happen to see someone who suffers.
    Useful useful feature. :)

    My argument is that all of those mechanisms of mind and body have emerged during our evolution because our brains (or our consciousness or whatever) could not handle the whole of reality. Those are kind of 'safety-locks', filtering information in a way that is safe and comprehensible. They are artificial, they obscure the true face of reality.
    We will never be able to see and personally experience reality in its pure form, and that's is by design. I think that species advanced enough could get rid of those filters and finally experience the world as it really is.
  • Apr 12 2014: Self-reflection consumes energy. Simple organisms use all their energy in staying healthy so that they can survive to reproduce. Further up the food chain more energy becomes available for looking beautiful by maintaining colourful scales and feathers, manes of hair, and attention-getting behaviour. At the top of the food chain, us, there is enough energy for intellectual exercise.
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    Apr 12 2014: Our "intelligence" causes us to over analyze things, question empirical data and come to unsubstantiated conclusions.
    It also allows us to enjoy the beauty of a sunset or to feel true love for another. I don't think you can have one without the other.
  • Apr 10 2014: I see the other way round, when species Loses intelligent enough it loses the ability to see the reality as it is and is then confined to whatever it makes of the avaible data

    " the more quiet mind you have"
    Thats what is said by Sri Ramana, http://www.arunachala.org/ramana/teachings/